Damen’s triple delivery for KSA's Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
To complete an extensive oil pipeline dredging and installation project, Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting (MSMC) has taken delivery of three Damen vessels: a Stan Tug 1606, a Shoalbuster 2509, and a Stan Pontoon 4512 equipped with a Damen DOP Pump.
For Damen, this marks the successful conclusion of a coordinated construction and delivery contract involving three shipyards in the Netherlands, China and the United Arab Emirates.
The delivery ceremony of the Shoalbuster 2509 at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem was attended by MSMC chairman Abdullah Natheer and general manager Chris Clark.
Based in Saudi Arabia, MSMC provides marine construction and maintenance, dredging, diving and subsea services. The company will be using the three new vessels on an oil pipeline trenching project.
“The overall aim of our client’s project is to improve the efficiency of old wells,” explains Clark. “We will be dredging a 5km trench and installing a new trunk line to tie in wells that have been recently upgraded. After that we have a pipe pull, followed by backfill operations.”
For the first kilometre of the trench, MSMC will mobilise the Multi Cat 1908 Murjan 40 and DOP 250 purchased from Damen in 2017.
The remaining 4km of trench will be dredged by the new Stan Pontoon 4512, supported by the new Stan Tug 1606 (named Murjan 22) and the new Shoalbuster 2509 (named Murjan 41).
For MSMC, these latest three deliveries represent a continuance of its productive relationship with Damen.
“They give us access to their engineering and technical team – people who really know what they're talking about when it comes to designing vessels for actual projects, this results in smooth execution of the work for our clients. Their whole team has been outstanding,” said Natheer.